For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. - Leonardo da Vinci
Nowhere is this truer than above the waters of St Croix -- high in the sky!
Hang Glide St. Croix is new to Christiansted this year and one of our more exciting businesses -- Luxury Travel Guide has recognized Hang Glide St. Croix as "Unique Activity of the Year" for 2016!
David Fynn, a licensed boat captain, retired from a corporate career, and Jim Prahl, a Master-rated Hang Glider Tandem Pilot and welder by trade, are the owners and operators. Jim also has a Private Pilot license and a Light Sport Certified Flight Instructor Rating for airplanes, issued by the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, and has safely taken over 10,000 student pilots into the sky.
Jim started flying hang gliders in 1985, coming to St. Croix in 1989 as a refinery welder the same year Hurrcane Hugo paid us a visit. He remembers flying above Salt River landing at Gentle Winds, and on the East End near Point Udall as a solo pilot and, on occasion, taking island residents on tandem flights.
David met Jim five years ago learning to fly solo in Florida. They became friends and Jim shared his dream of starting a boat-tow operation on St Croix with its consistent easterly winds and the crystal clear waters. In the fall of 2015, they secured a powerboat for towing and all the equipment and shipped it to the island early this year. Mike Linnen, a local resident and former hang glider pilot has joined the team as a very able winch operator.
They pick you up at the Boardwalk, proceed to the launch area, get you into your harness hanging beneath the glider on the platform at the back of the boat. After safety checks, the boat speeds up until the glider is flying, then released from the boat to soar up on the end of the tow line. At the apex of the flight, the pilot releases the glider to fly free and the student will get the chance to try flying on the way back to the water. The pilot lands the glider on a water float where the boat can lower the platform enabling the glider, the pilot and the student to be lifted out of the water for the next flight.
Flights are typically 12-1500 feet or higher for about 10-12 minutes, before releasing the glider to fly back down to land on the water. Safety is a high priority. Daily inspections of the glider and the boat, review of the daily weather forecast, wind and wave conditions are mandatory. Life jackets are worn and the instructor wears a backup parachute. The Wills Wing glider is designed stronger than most small planes and is certified and tested by the Hang Gliding Manufacturers Association.
Every flight is video recorded with mounted cameras with videos available for purchase.
Hang Glide St. Croix
St. Croix This Week | St. Thomas + St. John This Week
Location: # 1 Havensight Way, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Mailing Address: PO Box 11199 St. Thomas, VI 00801-4199
Telephone: (340) 774-2500
Fax: (340) 776-1466